Chocolate Cake with Nutella Buttercream

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday! I had been searching Pinterest for all sorts of fun chocolate cake recipes (since chocolate is his favorite), until I remembered I had pinned a Nutella Buttercream a while back.  After some tweaks to the frosting recipe and some creamy additions to a box cake mix, we had a fabulous cake! I chose to go with the “naked” cake frosting style (without frosting on the edges) and I think it turned out pretty great!

Chocolate Cake

Adapted from an unknown source

1 Box of Chocolate Cake Mix ( I chose Super Moist Chocolate Fudge)

Whole Milk – Replace the water in the recipe with milk

Unsalted Butter – Soften the butter and replace the oil in the box mix recipe

3-4 Eggs – Add one additional egg to what the box mix asks for

1 T Vanilla

Mix and bake according to boxes directions.  I chose to do a 3 tier cake so I used 1 1/2 boxes of cake mix and adjusted the recipe accordingly.

Nutella Buttercream

Frosting for 24 cupcakes or 3 Tier 9 inch cake

2 Sticks Unsalted Butter – Softened

1 13-ounce jar of Nutella (or half of the big Costco sized one!)

2 Pound Bag of Powdered Sugar ( I used less and had about a cup leftover)

4-6 ounces of Heavy Whipping Cream

1 T Vanilla

1/8 t  Salt

I am the worst about letting butter soften on the counter; I just don’t have the patience!  I soften mine VERY slowly in the microwave in 5-10 second increments.  For frosting, you definitely don’t want the butter to be too melted.  Once softened, add the butter to the mixing bowl and add the 13 ounces of heaven… I mean Nutella. Add the salt and Vanilla then mix with the paddle attachment until combined.  Slowly add the powdered sugar to the mixing bowl with the paddle on low (or off if you are me and make messes easily!). It will start to get stiff and difficult to blend.  At this point, start adding the cream by slowly pouring one ounce at a time into the bowl while it is mixing. Add the remaining sugar, then continue adding the cream slowly until you get the desired texture.  I used about 5 ounces of cream, but I also didn’t use all the sugar! The frosting should be light and fluffy and you shouldn’t be able to taste that too-sweet powdered sugar taste on its’ own.

 Jeff's Birthday Cake

Comments

  1. Courtney,
    This looks amazing! Beautiful!
    annie

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